As An Undercover Police Officer With The Drugs Squad, Neil Woods Regularly Risked His Life On The Streets, Dealing With Some Of The Most Violent And Unpredictable Criminals In Britain Good Cop, Bad War Is A Unique Story About A Man With A Striking Ability To Infiltrate And Extinguish Drug Gangs But Who, As The Success Of His Operations Grows, Becomes Disillusioned With The War On Drugs, As He Sees How It Demonizes Those Who Need Help Whilst Empowering The Very Worst Elements In Society This Is An Action Packed True Account Listen Like No Other

8 thoughts on “Good Cop, Bad War

  1. says:

    Excellent at many levels, not least the mental and moral suffering of the author Informative, educational, chilling The 7 billion spent by police on their war against drug has done nothing but allow the 7 billion illegals drug trade to continue, run by vicious and nasty gangsters Everyone is a loser, most of all the frequently intelligent, decent and creative people who by wrong turns have become addicts The case for legalising and regulating drugs is growing stronger, and Neil Woods is deservedly one of its finest spokespersons The issue is so important that everybody with an interest in building a decent society should read the book.

  2. says:

    As a criminal lawyer I attend police stations representing clients in most of the areas mentioned, so read with interest I have also dealt with some of the gangs and their members mentioned in the book representing them when needed.There is a lot of truth in what the author says re the war on drugs It is an out of control spiral for each and every

  3. says:

    Absolutely love this book and the stories in it Unfortunately, there was one problem with it I read it too fast Many parts were gripping and I couldn t believe that s what is going on on our streets I live in Manchester and will look at people with drug problems and homeless a different way Wish I could help somewhat than I do occasionallyanyway, great book

  4. says:

    A gripping page turner with a very important message I have long felt that the war on drugs was a shambolic waste of money and have seen first hand the damage that criminalisation rather than treatment can do So many lives wasted Hopefully the momentum that has slowly built worldwide around this issue can continue towards a sensible evidence based policy and drug law reform.

  5. says:

    Follow the authors harrowing journey and see if you still think drug users should be harassed and locked up for a situation that the state in its adherence to policy perpetuates due to sheer ignorance and lack of understanding of the situation on the ground.I guarantee that if you have even a ounce of compassion, you will begin to think differently about the war on drugs.

  6. says:

    I bought this book as I am interested in real crime and policing I found it very difficult to read and on several occasions gave up, but I forced myself to see it through.Neil Woods comes across as very narcissistic, arrogant, obnoxious and totally unlikeable, he takes no responsibility for anything negative or any failures, it is always someone else s fault He also comes across as very bitter and verging on being anti police with his scathing comments He belittles others opinions even though they may have many years of experience He gives no thought to the lives he destroys as he deems them to be collateral damage yet he states senior officers disregard the human costs of the war on drugs.Neil comes across as an upstanding PC who is totally against anything that may appear to be prejudiced, yet contradicts himself on several occasions He scoffs and ridicules his own team and crew mates with comments like cops forget how to do real police work , and No wonder these amateur hour play police weren t catching any real gangsters His disrespect doesn t end with his peers But the DI and his crew were just a bunch of incompetent pricks, and I d dealt with incompetent pricks before I am not surprised to read Since I began speaking about these issues, there has been some kickback from sections of the police Most of my friends from the force have been forced to distance themselves I m sure they were delighted to read his view of them, not that it would bother him as he writes I half expect that, when this book is published, some cops will accuse me of recklessness, or even betrayal anyone who says this needs to spend time trying to catch real criminals He throws around accusations of corruption with no evidence, yet conveniently forgets becoming a drug user whilst undercover, as well as misusing evidence and police funds His marriage fails because of Sam s deeds not his, even though he had at least one affair He even accuses his long suffering wife of deliberately causing him mental harm eg It felt like Sam was purposefully pushing me towards the edge Surely she couldn t be doing it on purpose His utter contempt for the long suffering Sam is summed up with these two quotes Of course Sam did eventually move out There had never really been a question the last of her possessions gone the final physical trace of how her life had imposed itself on mine If I was one of their children I would be disgusted with how disrespectful he is towards her.Neil s comment at the end of the book for the first time in my life I feel supported is yet another example of his woe is me it is not my fault attitude, I m sure his family and friends if he has any , are delighted with his portrayal of them.As for the story of real undercover police work it seems to have swallowed up and overtaken by Neil s personal crusade to decriminalise drugs.

  7. says:

    Gripping read of a book, well written and the characters were well portrayed I also felt reading it that you got to know the author and felt his personal essence and what he was about I totally agree with his opinion on the war on drugs and hope he makes progress A truly brave person who also learnt hard lessons, worked so hard and listened to his inner voice.

  8. says:

    You keep turning the pages because it s an exciting story from a person thrown in at the deep end, writing the manual on the very dangerous business of working undercover to infiltrate Britain s drug gangs by just doing the job, starting with trial and error to build a battery of undercover techniques that spiral as the criminals learn and ruthlessly counter them Running alongside this is the author s developing thoughts about the effectiveness of the war he helped prosecute and his conclusion that the people best served by prohibition are the criminals themselves I can t help but feel Neil s conclusion is the right one and that we need to try something else.The author has a great deal of empathy for the users and user dealers at the bottom of the trade These are the people at the very bottom of the trade whom he befriended to gain access to those higher up The most important thing I take from this book after the reinforcement of my own belief that prohibition doesn t work, it s to try to share Neil s view of these people as victims who need help and support, not criminalisation and incarceration.